As the European Union transitions towards climate-neutrality by 2050, innovative solutions, systems and practices will be needed within the agricultural sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon removals. On 1st December, the ERA-NETs FACCE ERA-GAS, ICT AGRI-FOOD and ERA-NET SUSAN organised a seminar to discuss innovative approaches being developed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in livestock and mixed crop-livestock systems.
Eight projects funded in 2018 to address the topic of ‘Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of animal production systems’ presented their mid-term results as well as what is in the pipeline for the rest of the project and the expected impact for farming, policy and regulation. Topics discussed include seaweed additives to livestock feed, applying a regional approach to greenhouse gas mitigation and precision livestock technologies.
You can watch their progress videos on our YouTube channel:
CCCfarming - Climate Care Cattle Farming Systems https://youtu.be/hWez7LTlQDQ
FarmSustainaBl- Enabling Smart Livestock Farming Technologies for Environmental Sustainability using Blockchain https://youtu.be/HB_0KbVyH6M
GrassToGas - Grass To Gas: Strategies to mitigate GHG emissions from pasture-based sheep systems https://youtu.be/p6QjWFELh0c
GrASTech - Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity of Pasture-based Cattle Systems https://youtu.be/2y28qpqNVxw
M4Models Manure management for methane mitigation - Improved inventory modelling to support policy actions https://youtu.be/HBXyhH_mo88
MELS - Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems https://youtu.be/EdBBVNVwZVg
MilKey - Decision support system for sustainable and GHG optimised milk production in key European areas https://youtu.be/O7-Xw9gF9aU
SEASOLUTIONS - Seaweeds and seaweed-ingredients to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture-based sheep, cattle and dairy cows https://youtu.be/109EswriDGE
The 9 projects funded in the 2021 Joint Call to explore ‘Circularity in mixed crop and livestock farming systems, with emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation’ presented their plans for the future. Topics that are to be explored include reduction of emissions through crop, livestock and agroforestry interactions, creating LCA inventories for circularity assessments and the use of participatory co-innovation to assess nutrient circularity.
CircAgric-GHG - Strategies for circular agriculture to reduce GHG emissions within and between farming systems across an agro-ecological gradient
ConnectFarms - Connecting sustainable agroecosystems and farming with circular bioeconomy and new technologies
DairyMix - Multi-criteria assessment, decision support and management tools for sustainable circular mixed farming systems for dairy production
INTEGRITY - Integrated crop-ruminant livestock systems as a strategy to increase nutrient circularity and promote sustainability in the context of climate change
MI BICYCLE - Mitigation and adaptation through better biomass cycling in crop livestock systems of north and western Europe
PROENV - Balancing production and environment
ReLive - Back to the Future: reintegrating land and livestock for greenhouse gas mitigation and circularity
SENSE - Synergies in integrated systems: Improving resource use efficiency while mitigating GHG emissions through well-informed decisions about circularity
Solution4Farming - Solutions for GHGs emissions mitigation for the mixed farming systems across different European climates